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Posted by Raymond Hoser on February 26, 2002 at 06:46:47:
In Reply to: Australian Taxonomy? A joke and a frustration. posted by Scott Thomson on February 26, 2002 at 03:54:07:
Scott, thanks for your comments.
Many I agree with, some I don't and many others I agree with as generalizations with obvious exceptions.
The only thing that really disturbed me in your previous post was your statement of quitting herpetology, taxonomy or similar.
My advice (or desire) is don't.
We need more people dealing with herp, not less and your contributions to the field will be long recognised by myself and many others.
Changing the subject slightly, I had a conversation with Rob Sprackland recently which echoed one of your points (above).
He thought it odd that here in OZ, we had herpetologists who'd identify new taxa in papers and then fail to name it.
These "holes" are often what have been plugged by the likes of Wells/Wellington, Cann and myself. For what it's worth, may I say that in 50 years time no one will know who we were, but at least the taxa will carry proper names and not just be "sp".
All the best